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'Dependent Dirty Dozens

Angelia is more than ready to trade "your momma" snaps with anti-semitic pastor George Brooks, Bill Hobbs, or just about anyone:
BUT here’s the problem: Brooks indicated this was a white v. black thing, and I don’t fit either one of those categories. So… how about I start the “Other” team and trash talk both sides. You know like: “Barack Obama is so skinny, he makes his Senate record look like a copy of War and Peace. John McCain is so old, there’s a picture of Jesus in his high school yearbook. Barack Obama is so slippery, duct tape won’t stick. And: the TN GOP is so dirty, they were once banned from the sewage plant for fear they’d contaminate the place. Hey, will I be getting a trophy for this?
Jul 31, 2008 12:59 PM

Just As Good

No matter what Barack Obama did about regarding those wounded troops in Germany the McCain campaign was poised for attack:
What the McCain campaign doesn’t want people to know, according to one GOP strategist I spoke with over the weekend, is that they had an ad script ready to go if Obama had visited the wounded troops saying that Obama was...wait for it...using wounded troops as campaign props. So, no matter which way Obama turned, McCain had an Obama bashing ad ready to launch. I guess that’s political hardball. But another word for it is the one word that most politicians are loathe to use about their opponents—a lie.
Jul 31, 2008 12:51 PM

A New Entry In The Veepstakes

The Moderate Voice floats the name of former Senator Bob Kerrey:
In short, he’s the kind of Democrat John McCain could work with — and the kind GOP voters could support. But it’s not just many Republicans who could support Bob Kerrey for Vice President. Choosing Kerrey as his running mate would also serve to cement John McCain’s credibility with political centrists and independents, two voting blocs who put a premium on bipartisanship and who will be critical in the election. At a time when Barack Obama is on the verge of making history by becoming the first African American to head up a major party’s ticket, choosing Bob Kerrey as his running mate would give John McCain the opportunity to make history as well. It would be the first time a Republican and Democrat have run together on the same ticket. It would truly be historic. More critically for McCain, it would also be a bold stroke and something that, given his strengths, could help propel him to victory in November.
Jul 31, 2008 12:48 PM

The Challenge Of Liberal Religon

From the Daily News Journal:
In light of the recent tragic events in Knoxville, the Unitarian Fellowship of Murfreesboro invites all interested to hear special guest Rabbi Rami Shapiro speak on the topic: "The Knoxville Tragedy and the Challenge of Liberal Religion,” Sunday morning, Aug. 3 at 10:15 a.m. The presentation will be followed by a conversation with those in attendance. The event is free and open to the public.
Jul 31, 2008 12:22 PM

Unhappy With Their Station In Life

The Coyote points out a very interesting quotation from Ezra Klein:
"The media hates crusaders. They’re constantly on the lookout to point out their hypocrisy or corruption or preening arrogance. I’ve always assumed this stems from a deep-seated discomfort about having chosen a life of observation over one of action, but whatever the reason, they’re far less offended by power that seeks to further its own interests than power that betrays its class and argues for social change.”
Jul 31, 2008 12:13 PM

Former Thompson Supporter John Rich Big Into McCain

From the >Panama City News Herald:
Rich, one-half of the music duo Big & Rich, said he met McCain a few years ago at the Intrepid Museum for fallen heroes in San Antonio and was drawn to the Arizona senator's easy manner and independent streak. "He is not afraid to upset Democrats; he's not afraid to upset Republicans," Rich said. "You cannot have a better watchdog for this country than John McCain." Rich, who said he believes conservative entertainers need to speak out more, expressed great admiration for the candidate. "There's a theme running throughout this guy's life. He puts his country first," Rich said of McCain, a Vietnam veteran who spent several years in a North Vietnamese prisoner of war camp. "He will go down in history as one of the greatest Americans we ever had."
Jul 31, 2008 12:01 PM

Marsha Blackburn Gets Crossways With Memphis Homebuilders Over Housing Bill

They have endorsed her opponent:
The 15 Past Presidents of the Memphis Area Association of Home Builders, whose names you find below, ask that you vote against Congresswoman Marsha Blackburn in the upcoming primary election. When President Bush signed the Housing Stimulus Act into law, months of concerted effort by many groups and individuals culminated in an important victory for homebuilders. A victory desperately needed by those of us in the beleaguered housing industry. This piece of legislation holds real promise to revive our struggling industry and may determine whether some of the businesses which belong to our association survive the current downturn. While we are elated at the passage of this bill we are very disappointed that Marsha Blackburn chose to vote against it and our interests. Compounding our disappointment is the fact that members of MAHBA met with Congresswoman Blackburn on numerous occasions to explain in detail our support for this legislation. Marsha Blackburn's vote on this issue clearly demonstrates that we cannot count on her to look out for the interests of homebuilders or for those who rely upon the home building industry to earn their living. We need real friends in Congress, representatives who share our concerns and understand the importance of homebuilding to the economy. Congresswoman Blackburn does not deserve the support or votes of the members of MAHBA. Please demonstrate your dissatisfaction with her vote against the Housing Stimulus Act by voting for Tom Leatherwood in the Republican primary.
Jul 31, 2008 11:40 AM

Karl Rove Takes the Hypocritic Oath

Sandra Clark points out a bit of irony:
Karl Rove has no shame. At the GOP Statesman Dinner last week, he touted the generous, kind hearts of John and Cindy McCain for their adoption of a girl from Africa whom they had brought here originally for medical treatment. Eight years ago, Rove is credited with the South Carolina smear that McCain had fathered a black daughter, later adopted by the family.
Jul 31, 2008 11:30 AM

Sensitivity Training

Tim Chavez pens an open letter to the new editor of the Nashville Scene.
Jul 31, 2008 11:27 AM

Cohen's Apology For Slavery Seen As Pandering

From the Commericial Appeal:
One of Cohen's opponents, airline lawyer Nikki Tinker, while agreeing with the resolution in principle, found the timing of the House debate and vote suspicious. "An apology is long overdue for the atrocities of slavery, but it is pure politics and symbolism without a plan that addresses the many people who continue to live without a proper education, health care and economic stability," Tinker said. "I find it very interesting that Mr. Cohen would call for a national apology during a heated election when he clearly needs African-American votes. For over 20 years while serving in the Tennessee General Assembly, he never thought to ask the State of Tennessee for an apology, not once." Cohen, D-Memphis, pointed out that the first state apology came in 2007 and said Congress was the proper national forum. As for the timing, he said he has been working 17 months to bring it to the floor. He said he considered postponing it until after the election so that it wouldn't distract from the "momentousness" of the occasion, but he was urged by staffers to "strike while the iron is hot."
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Jul 31, 2008 11:14 AM